New feature: GlobalNotice

Hi everyone,

we’ve added a new feature called GlobalNotice to ShoutWiki today. While this functionality will be mostly used by staff, you may still notice it in action. We will use it to inform our users — that’s you! — about very important things, such as site-wide server maintenance. That’s not the only use case, though. Some example use cases include:

  • Asking all French users to help out with interface translation (in this case, the message would be visible to all French users and on all French wikis)
  • Requesting all admins to test out a new, administrator-only feature (in this case, the message would be visible to all users who are admins and only on the wikis where they have administrator privileges)

The code was written by myself and Misza of our technical team.

If you notice any bugs with this extension have requests regarding it, please open a bug ticket on our Bugzilla.

What are your thoughts on global messages from the staff to you? What kind of things would you like to see us use this tool, in addition to informing you about upcoming maintenance? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please share them either by commenting on this blog post or by leaving me a message on my talk page.

Jack Phoenix
Head of the Customer Support Team

2 thoughts on “New feature: GlobalNotice”

  1. The way you’re talking about it, it sounds very good, specially the messages to only administrators. I would only advise to keep the amount of messages as low as possible, since some communities might feel that’s “intruding” on their usual work. But I suppose there will be like the SiteNotice and people will be able to hide it once read, so that’s not really a big problem.

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